Independent journalists in conflict areas in Rakhine

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Journalists talk to leaders of Muslim community in Maungtaw. Photo: MNA

A group of independent journalists including local and foreign media toured Buthidaung and Maungtaw, Rakhine State, yesterday, meeting and interviewing members of local communities.
Among the stops the journalists made was Buthidaung People’s Hospital, where Buthidaung Township Medical Officer Dr Than Tun Kyaw and officials answered their questions.
Afterwards, they visited the Basic Education High School where students have returned and are reportedly learning in a peaceful environment.
The reporters also interviewed peoples from both communities at Myoma Market, where they inquired of the peaceful coexistence between the two communities.
The media team also went to Thabeiktaung Rural Health Centre, located to the south of Buthidaung, and collected information on the free mobile health care services in 85 villages in the township.
The group then proceeded to Maungtaw and met with townselders and religious leaders of the Muslim community.
The journalists interviewed the elders and religious leaders about the attacks on the border outposts and the conflicts that occurred after the initial 9 October attack. The media team includes journalists from the Myanmar News Media Council, the Central News Bureau, the Mizzima Media Group, the Myanmar Times, the Myanmar Foreign Correspondents Club, Kyodo News, European Press Photo-EPA, MITV, 7 Day and the Myanmar News Agency.
The reporters and photojournalists arrived in Sittwe on Monday, the first day of a three-day visit. The journalists will be escorted by security forces today as they travel to a secure area where the attacks occurred, said the government’s spokesman U Zaw Htay.—Myanmar News Agency

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